Ice-makers had just four days to get the West Fraser Centre ready for the B.C. Men’s and Curling Championships before teams began practising Monday, Jan. 28. Tracey Roberts photo

B.C. Curling Championships teams start practising today in Quesnel

The ice at the West Fraser Centre is now ready for the 12 top men’s teams and eight top women’s teams

After four days of hard work, the West Fraser Centre is ready to welcome the top 12 men’s curling teams and top eight women’s teams in the province.

Ice technician Mike Merklinger and his team began installing the curling ice late at night Jan. 23, and the final logos were added to the sheets Jan. 27.

Practices begin today (Jan. 28), and teams will take part in a welcoming banquet this evening before B.C. Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships play officially begins Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Tuesday’s draws are at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the West Fraser Centre, and the Opening Ceremonies will take place at 6:15 p.m.

Draws will take place daily at 9 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. until the championship draws Sunday, Feb. 3. The men’s final will take place Feb. 3 at 10 a.m., with the winner going on to represent B.C. at the Tim Horton’s Brier, and the women’s final will be held Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. The provincial women’s champions will represent B.C. at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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READ MORE: Ice has started to go in, as Quesnel gets ready to host curling provincials Jan. 29-Feb. 3

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The ice is ready for the 12 men’s teams and eight women’s teams who will compete in this week’s B.C. Men’s and Curling Championships at the West Fraser Centre. Tracey Roberts photo

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